Roadside (Garages) Limited in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, has been named one of the UK’s ‘Best Dealerships to Work For’ in a new programme launched by Automotive Management, the UK’s leading automotive retail business publication. Roadside Kia is the only Northern Ireland dealership to be recognised with the prestigious award in a ceremony last week at the NEC in Birmingham.

Fifteen companies were honoured as ‘a Best Dealership To Work For.’ The programme surveyed more than 1,500 employees, making it the largest of its type dedicated to the car retail sector.

‘Best Dealerships’ is a celebration of elite employers in the automotive franchised dealer industry who have proven that they know what it takes to create an environment where people love to come to work. The aim of programme is to raise the bar among industry employers, creating excellence and employee engagement that will attract talented people for years to come.

Roadside (Garages) Limited Named as One of the Best UK Dealerships to Work For

Ian Lamont, Sales Manager at Roadside Kia said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be listed as one of the best UK dealerships to work for. I want to thank all the staff here at Roadside Kia for all their hard-work and commitment to the team; it makes me very proud to be a part of this fantastic organisation.”

Roadside Kia was recognised for providing an outstanding workplace environment that engages its staff and allows them to flourish. The company is committed to ensuring its employees are motivated and happy through offering a range of benefits and promoting a positive workplace culture through:

  • Understanding that real improvement starts with a commitment from the top
  • Defining corporate values and living by them
  • Hiring for team and cultural fit
  • Evaluating productivity versus time served
  • Embracing flexibility
  • Hiring and promoting leaders who love what they do
  • Placing trust and respect at the centre of all relationships

As a family owned Kia dealership, Roadside Kia provides a wide range of jobs and careers within the motor trade. The company aims to provide an excellent work-life balance and tries to enrich the lives of all staff by cultivating a family, friendly atmosphere. It also pays an annual bonus for attendance. Long service is recognised by a gift or meal, and the company is proud to be able to say that its five longest serving team members have more than 100 years’ experience serving Roadside customers and almost 30 per cent of Roadside staff have more than 10 years’ service, making Roadside’s staff retention amongst the highest in the motor industry.

Notes for editors:

Automotive Management partnered with Best Companies Group (BCG) to produce the 2017 Best UK Dealerships To Work For programme. BCG, a global workplace research business which runs similar programmes in other industries, used employee and employer surveys to assess dealers’ performance in key areas such as leadership and planning, culture and communications, employee satisfaction, pay and benefits, training and development, working environment and manager relationships. With the average national engagement standing at 42 per cent (according to global consulting firm BlessingWhite), the 15 Best UK Dealerships to Work For achieved a staggering 92 per cent.

AM editor-in-chief Stephen Briers said: “Employee engagement is an essential ingredient for a successful business. No company, large or small, can win over the long run without a workforce that is motivated and energised, and which understands and believes in the company’s mission. All of our Best Dealerships have achieved this.”

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